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    Denmark Took Part in Strikes Near Deir ez-Zor Where Syrian Army Was Hit

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    The Royal Danish Air Force participated in the recent airstrikes of the US-led coalition conducted near the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, the Defense Command Denmark announced.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The airstrikes by the coalition planes near the Deir ez-Zor airport were first reported by the Syrian army on Saturday saying they attacked the government troops fighting Daesh. Later in the day, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the attacks, saying they killed 62 servicemen and injured 100 more. The US Central Command said that the Syrian forces were mistaken for Daesh fighters.

    "Two Danish F-16 [fighter aircraft] participated in these attacks along with the aircraft of other nations. The strikes had been stopped immediately after the Russian side reported that the positions of the Syrian servicemen had been hit," the military command authority of the Danish Armed Forces said in a statement issued Sunday.

    Copenhagen will contribute to the investigation into the attack, the Defense Command added.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups, including Daesh, which is outlawed in many countries, including the United States and Russia.

    The US-led coalition has been carrying out anti-Daesh strikes since September 2014 without the approval of the UN Security Council or Syrian authorities.

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    • OP.
      They are just idiot puppets! Denmark - world´s military superpower? What kind of sense does have their involvement there? Just to allow US to claim, their "coalition" has 67 countries.
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      ivanwa88
      US snatching at straws oh my Denmark was flying F-16's so US sent in French Foreign Legion Air Force.
      Hope your still smiling Denmark there's a a bill for 450 Million in damages coming your way check your mail bitches!
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      anton
      Many things are not right with this story but what I react to now is that according to claims, there were 2 F-16 and 2 Warthogs taking part in the raid. And we know both the US and Australia participated. And now that both F-16s were Danish. So the US and Australia brought one warthog each?
    • avatar
      michael
      this conflict in story versions does the us no good. Then add powers' hissy fit.
    • avatar
      jerrys57
      The stupid Danes and Aussies would be stoogey enough to do just that. The Aussies I'm surprised at, The Danes no.
    • avatar
      jas
      This was not an accident. No way. It was too easy to predict and the US was not releasing details of the ceasefire. There is no doubt that the US "coalition" needs to cease and desist and leave Syrian territory asap.

      I believe Russia said that these kinds of operations have several safety measures to prevent "accidents".
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      justnfree
      Normally Danes and Australians should be angry about their military being used to carry out crimes of others. But they seem far too pathetic to realize that.
    • Bert Metellus
      As long as the "coalition" presumes that we wont strike back hard and where it hurts, no matter what, they believe that they can act at will. That is the sad truth, and it will stay so as long as we behave like this. They simply don´t see any reason to be afraid of, so they do it. That´s all.
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      jas
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      tonyw247
      these allied western countries that took and are taking part in any of this Syria mess should conduct their own enquires about why they were sent on this particular raid. Leave the american excuses out of it...do a proper investigation..learn the truth ..then pack up and go home
    • avatar
      ptcjm
      The Danish PM, along with his Nordic ministers, must have had such a good dinner at the WH.
    • avatar
      anne00marie
      Australia has also apologised to the families of the Syrian Armed Forces, who lost their loved ones.

      Isn't it ironic, that two nations who have signed classified documents, with regards the investigation into the MH17, should now find themselves, sending their forces into a sovereign nation, with no authority and then taking out 60 serving members of the sovereign nations forces, leaving many others injured, on their home ground?

      How would the MSM have responded and also Australia, Denmark or the United States, if that had been Russia or Syria, entering their air space and using white phospherous bombs on their Forces? We can all imagine the hysterical frenzy of the main stream media and political leaders, were that to happen.

      Condolences to the families of those injured and whose lives were lost.
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      ptcjmin reply toOP.(Show commentHide comment)
      OP., former NATO chief was a Dane: Anders Fogh Rasmussen was his name and actually quite amazing, he too was a social democrat.

      More and more social democrats have the last decades somehow had this tendency of turning to rats. And as for now there is this former social democratic PM of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg who is the current NATO chief.
      Do they represent the voices of citizens ?
      Yes, as self proclaimed rats.
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      anne00mariein reply toanton(Show commentHide comment)
      anton, I must admit to sharing your concerns. I did not question things, when learning of Australia apologising. Yet, as you state, 4 planes, United States Coalition, that have no right to be in the Sovereign Nation. Yet alone using white phospherous bombs on the legal Syrian Armed Forces.

      Were there more planes or was it just Australia and Denmark, with the US giving the orders?
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      anne00mariein reply tojerrys57(Show commentHide comment)
      jerrys57, Do you remember how they were so happy to sign the 'Classified' agreements that Ukraine instructed them to sign, following the MH17?

      Strange that they then enter the airspace of a sovereign nation and then use bomb the legal forces of the sovereign state, killing and injuring many.

      What would the mainstream media and political leaders have said if that was either Syrian or Russian Planes, that entered the airspace of Australia, Denmark or the US and then bombed their serving members of the military on home ground? We all know the answer to that one.
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      anne00mariein reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, So true.

      The US refuse to let Russia know where there so called 'moderate' liver eating, head chopping people are. The same people that were straight on the scene, after the coalition forces (who had no right to be in the area) had cleared passage for them.

      Didn't the Russians go back and sort it out, regaining the lost ground?
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      Erik Trete
      The US always gets others to take the blame for their dirty work. Time to for Russia to define and defend a coalition no-fly zone over Syria to protect the Syrian Army from these Terrorists. No coalition aircraft or drones within 100Km of any SAA held territory.
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      antonin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, I think we can be pretty certain that the US did NOT give the order, that is, Obama did not give the order. This looks like a classic case of "breech of the line of command". I think the Pentagon or the State department are behind this. Prime suspects: Ashton Carter, David Petraues, Samantha Power. Remeber back in August 2014? Obama finally decided to bomb ISIS. But John Allen, then in command, decided to instead help ISIS for a full year, before being fired. Hopefully Obama will act strongly now.
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